Sunday, May 24, 2015

SINFUL DEEDS by Samantha Holt

Series:  Cynfell Brothers #2
Author:  Samantha Holt
Publish Date:   05.01.15
Publisher:  Samantha Holt
Category /Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Samantha Holt (in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads link: Sinful Deeds
Date completed: 05.23.15

Description from the publisher:
Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The Cynfell Brothers are the very embodiment of a sinful existence. But could the right woman change that?

Being the mistress of one of the most notorious rakes in London was never going to be easy, but Josephine believed she was strong enough. After all, she loved Dante Cynfell to distraction. He provided her with a comfortable home and all the art supplies she could ever need. After a short marriage that left her near destitute, the widow couldn’t help but fall into his arms...and his bed.

But after four years of tolerating his drunken behaviour and late night calls, Josephine has had enough. Her paintings have caught the eye of a great patron of the arts. With promises of fame and fortune ringing in her ears, she realises being a mistress simply will not satisfy her anymore. She wants true love, marriage, and respectability.

When Josephine ends their arrangement, Dante is shocked. She had a comfortable home, his adoration...hell, even his faithfulness. What more could a beautiful woman want?

Marriage? Well, that’s one thing Dante Cynfell doesn’t plan to offer any woman—not even Josephine. He’s witnessed too many miserable marriages. Why put the person you care about through such misery?

Positive he can win her back, he sets out to remind her how good they are together. One thing is for sure, Dante will not give her up easily—especially to another man. Josephine is about to learn that an envious Cynfell man is not to be trifled with.


This is the second book in the Cynfell Brothers series.  Though each does stand alone, I would recommend reading in the order of publication.  You can expect updates on the previous couples.

Dante Cynfell is the second son in this family.  I am reminded that the traditional aristocracy procreated with the motto of “an heir and a spare.”  Meaning that each family wanted there to be two boys born, because of the high infant mortality rates of the times.

Born as “the spare,” Dante lacks the seriousness of his brother.  He lives a life of privilege with no responsibility.  He doesn’t see his responsibility even for his mistress.  When Josephine, Jo-Jo, tells him that she wants more or freedom, he really doesn’t understand what more a woman could want.

I loved the banter between these two.  I also loved the growth they each experienced.  It’s obvious from page one that they love each other, but they are both strong enough to ask for what they want and fight for what they need.   I thought this was a great story and extremely well written.  This was not the usual boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy fights for girl.  Instead we start at boy loses girl and they both make the fight worthwhile.  I cheered when he inevitably re-won the heart of the girl without making her lose herself in the process.

As stated in the previous review, the chores are often ignored when a truly good read is available – still guilty.  I began this one as soon as I finished Sinful Confessions and now I’m done.  I guess it’s time to get back to work… but rest assured, I have one eye on my kindle account to see when the next book in this series will be released.

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The Cynfell Brothers series:
  1. Sinful Confessions
  2. Sinful Deeds
  3. Sinful Liaisons
  4. (coming soon)
Books from Samantha Holt:
·         The Crimson Castle
·         A Summer Siege
·         The Sexy Bartender’s Virtual Seduction
·         Buckle Down
·         Eden’s Fire
·         Not Another Soldier
·         Her Dream Cowboy
·         Hunting His Highland Lass
·         Alrek
·         Too Much to Lose
·         Tempting His Mistress
·         Once Upon a Rake
·         Christmas Seduction
·         Kissed at Midnight
·         The Warrior’s Reward
Highland Fae Chronicles:
1.      To Steal a Highlander’s Heart
2.      To Dream of a Highlander
3.      To Avenge Her Highland Warrior
The One Knight Collection:
1.      One Knight
2.      Black Knight
3.      White Knight
4.      Highland Knight
Borderland Legacy:
1.      Borderland Bride
2.      Borderland Beauty
3.      Borderland Betrayal

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